Knife crime: Man stabbed in south London park without realising it had happened

“I felt a stinging sensation in my stomach. I looked down and just saw blood seeping.”
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A man went to hospital after a random stabbing in a public park - which was so quick he didn’t even realise it had happened.

Thomas Ormrod, 30, was walking on Queensmead Rec in Bromley, south-east London when a hooded figure bumped into him.

He says he felt a stinging sensation in his stomach but didn’t think anything more of it - until he looked down and saw blood.

By this point the person had made off and Thomas decided to walk home before he took himself to hospital.

The small business owner says he believes he was stabbed and the Metropolitan Police are probing the November 5 incident.

Thomas Ormrod’s bloodied t-shirt worn during the stabbing. Photo: SWNSThomas Ormrod’s bloodied t-shirt worn during the stabbing. Photo: SWNS
Thomas Ormrod’s bloodied t-shirt worn during the stabbing. Photo: SWNS

Thomas said: "As I walked round a bend, someone in dark clothing bumped into me.

"I felt a stinging sensation in my stomach. I looked down and just saw blood seeping.

Thomas Ormrod was stabbed at random in a terrifying yet bizarre encounter while on an evening walk in a quiet Bromley Park. Photo: SWNSThomas Ormrod was stabbed at random in a terrifying yet bizarre encounter while on an evening walk in a quiet Bromley Park. Photo: SWNS
Thomas Ormrod was stabbed at random in a terrifying yet bizarre encounter while on an evening walk in a quiet Bromley Park. Photo: SWNS

"It was kind of a crazy incident - they were so well concealed, I still don’t know if it was a man or woman.

"Once they’d bumped into me, they ran away. I was completely oblivious to what happened."

The incident left him in A&E with a laceration injury to his stomach. Photo: SWNSThe incident left him in A&E with a laceration injury to his stomach. Photo: SWNS
The incident left him in A&E with a laceration injury to his stomach. Photo: SWNS

Thomas went to the Princess Royal University Hospital in nearby Orpington for treatment.

He said: "Four officers questioned me at the hospital. They took my clothes for forensics and said they were searching for a weapon at the recreation ground.”

The incident was so random and unexpected, Thomas didn’t immediately realise he’d been stabbed. Photo: SWNSThe incident was so random and unexpected, Thomas didn’t immediately realise he’d been stabbed. Photo: SWNS
The incident was so random and unexpected, Thomas didn’t immediately realise he’d been stabbed. Photo: SWNS

He added: "I’m making a recovery, it’s a bit like having a sore stomach.

“I’ve got these sterile strips on the wound."

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Police were called at 8.38pm on Saturday, November 5, to Queensmead Recreation Ground, Bromley, after a man suffered a laceration injury to his stomach."

"He was taken to hospital, where his condition was assessed as not life-threatening.

“[There are] no arrests at this time. Enquiries continue."